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Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

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Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

Author: Joseph Conrad Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/06/2021

Exam board: Edexcel Level & Subject: AS and A Level English Literature First teaching: September 2015 First examination: June 2017

Anneliese`s House

Anneliese`s House

Author: Lou Andreas-salome, Frank Beck, Raleigh Whitinger Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/06/2021

Best known now for her involvement with Nietzsche, Rilke, and Freud, German writer Lou Andreas-Salome (1861-1937) first became famous for fiction and criticism that engaged provocatively with the women question. In recent years, her treatments of the challenges facing women in a patriarchal society have awakened renewed interest. To date, however, only her major novellas have appeared in English - not her six novels. Anneliese's House is the first English translation of her last and most masterful work of fiction, Das Haus: Eine Familiengeschichte vom Ende vorigen Jahrhunderts (The House: A Family Story from the End of the Nineteenth Century), begun in 1904 and published in 1921. The edition is fully annotated, with a critical introduction and bibliography. Anneliese Branhardt, the novel's protagonist, long ago renounced a career as a pianist to raise a family with her physician husband, Frank. Mother of two grown children, she is haunted by memories of the childhood death of a daughter and anxious about a risky, late pregnancy. She also worries about her son Balduin - an aspiring poet modeled on Rilke - and about her equally free-spirited daughter Gitta. With her domestic harmony threatened by her own stirrings of autonomy and her children's growing independence, Anneliese finds the future both frightening and promising. Editor/translators: RALEIGH WHITINGER is Professor emeritus at the University of Alberta. FRANK BECK is a writer and translator.

Eustace and Hilda

Eustace and Hilda

Author: L. P. Hartley, Anita Brookner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2021

The three books gathered together as EUSTACE AND HILDA explore a brother and sister's lifelong relationship. Hilda, the older child, is both self-sacrificing and domineering, as puritanical as she is gorgeous; Eustace is a gentle, dreamy, pleasure-loving boy: the two siblings could hardly be more different, but they are also deeply devoted. And yet as Eustace and Hilda grow up and seek to go their separate ways in a world of power and position, money and love, their relationship is marked by increasing pain.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Author: Oscar Wilde Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2021

Exam board: Edexcel Level & Subject: AS and A Level English Literature First teaching: September 2015 First examination: June 2017

Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Stephen King Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2021

Mary Shelley's timeless gothic classic accompanied by the art of legendary illustrator Bernie Wrightson live on in this gorgeous illustrated adaptation of Frankenstein-featuring an introduction by Stephen King. Few works by comic book artists have earned the universal acclaim and reverence that Bernie Wrightson's illustrated version of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein was met with upon its original release in 1983, which vividly presented the timeless, terrifying tale of one man's obsession to create life-and the monster that became his legacy. A generation later, this magnificent pairing of art and literature is still considered to be one of the greatest achievements made by any artist in the field. This book includes the complete text of the original groundbreaking novel and approximately fifty original full-page illustrations by Bernie Wrightson-created over a period of seven years-that continue to stun the world with their monumental beauty and uniqueness. This edition also contains introductions by #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King and author Mary Shelley, as well as supplemental material including a history of the novel, a chronology of Mary Shelley's life and work, and the historical context of Frankenstein for readers.

The Mirror of the Sea

The Mirror of the Sea

Author: Joseph Conrad, Philip Marsden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/06/2021

When Joseph Conrad was discharged from the clipper Torrens in London during the summer of 1893, his seafaring career was over. He had travelled the world by then, risen in rank from apprentice to captain, survived shipwreck and turbulent seas. But after nineteen years afloat he longed for the land, and wrote to his cousin of the 'uniform grey of my existence'. Once ashore, however, vivid memories of his past life began to surface. While steam and internal combustion were changing maritime travel forever, Conrad started to reflect on the voyages he had made in the Golden Age of Sail, the people and ships he had known, the extraordinary communities whose lives, language and very nature were shaped by the swells and silences of the open ocean. The Mirror of the Sea is a personal meditation on the sea and its meanings by one of the twentieth century's most important novelists. Our new edition is illustrated with the seascapes and deck scenes of the artist-sailor John Everett, who Conrad wanted to work with on an illustrated edition of The Mirror and the Sea in the 1920s.' The great thing,' Conrad wrote in 1923, 'is to make the book like art-production - atmospheric - not a shop article.' Nothing came of the project with John Everett at the time; Little Toller has resurrected this lost notion of a collaboration between the writer and the artist.

Black No More

Black No More

Author: George S. Schuyler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2021

It's New Years Day in 1933 in New York City and Max Disher, a young black man, has just heard the news: a mysterious doctor has discovered a strange process that can turn black skin white - a new way to 'solve the American race problem'. Max, who is tired of being rejected and abused because of his dark skin, leaps at the opportunity. After receiving the 'Black-No-More' procedure, he becomes Matthew Fisher, a white man who is able to attain everything he has ever wanted: money, power and a beautiful wife. But it soon becomes apparent that America, whiter than ever, is becoming more and more dangerous . . . An extraordinary, cutting satire, Black No More is an utterly unique work of science fiction, and one of the first works of Black speculative fiction.

More Women Than Men

More Women Than Men

Author: Ivy Compton-Burnett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2021

'One of the most original, artful and elegant writers of our century. To read her for the first time is a singular experience' Hilary Mantel Josephine Napier maintains order in her girls' school through a benevolent exterior of self-sacrifice. But when a new, male teacher and a figure from her husband's past upset her environment's delicate equilibrium, the darker shades of her authority begin to show and a ruthless struggle for power begins. Tense and subversively witty, More Women Than Men is a masterful unveiling of the covert allegiances and fierce conflicts produced by a claustrophobic world.

To the Lighthouse

To the Lighthouse

Author: Virginia Woolf Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2021

The Golden Ass

The Golden Ass

Author: Apuleius Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/05/2021

Apuleius's The Golden Ass, one of a handful of extant ancient novels, remains relatively unknown. Peter Singer, the renowned philosopher and author of the modern classic Animal Liberation, remedies this neglect, bringing the comic tale back to the wider reading public. With a version stripped of the many tales extraneous to the main narrative, Singer exposes the core of the text: the adventures of the man-turned-animal, Lucius. Singer has teamed with Apuleius scholar and translator Ellen Finkelpearl to create a delightful rollicking story in which we follow the adventures of this cocky young man transformed into a donkey, through his travails, erotic adventures and enlightenment. With Singer's vision, superbly illustrated by prize-winning artists Anya and and Varya Kendel, this newly rendered canonical work is bound to be enjoyed by anyone who cares about human and animal life. Afterwords by Singer and Finkelpearl assess the significance of The Golden Ass for our thoughts about animals, ancient and modern.

Tension

Tension

Author: E. M. Delafield, Simon Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/05/2021

First published in 1920, Tension explores the powerful force of reputation and the persistence of gossip in relation to women's choice of work and domestic arrangements, including the burning topic of whether or not to marry.

Mamma

Mamma

Author: Diana Tutton, Simon Thomas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/05/2021

The doomed mutual attraction of a middle-aged widow and her new son-in-law, who is much closer to her own age than her daughter's, becomes a pivotal drama in this sensitive and emotionally complex 1950s bestseller.